Black box of Myanmar plane crash to be tested in Singapore

The black box of plane crash in eastern Shan State has been found after a few hours of accident, and the flight data recorder will be tested in Singapore, the airline announced.

The plane, a Fokker-100, was forced to make an emergency landing two miles (3.2 kilometers) from Heho airport on Dec 26  morning, according to the aircraft’s carrier Air Bagan.

The accident caused two people killed and 11 injured.

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The Air Bagan flight was carrying 63 passengers, including 51 foreigners, and six crew members from the city of Mandalay to Heho airport in Shan State, the gateway to popular tourist destination Inle Lake.

As the aircraft could not release the landing gear, it crashed on the grounds, broken totally apart in the mid-section, igniting into blaze.

Authorities gave a more dramatic account, saying the pilot mistook the road for a runway due to bad weather.
State television reported: “While descending, the plane mistakenly landed … due to fog beside the runway.”

It said the aircraft made a hard landing on a road and then came to a stop in a nearby rice paddy field.

“The rear end of the plane broke and caught fire,” state TV said.

Rescuers brought the fire under control about 45 minutes later. Witnesses said smoke filled the plane when it hit the ground and was still rising from the plane’s badly-charred wreckage hours later.

Airport officials in Heho said injured passengers were taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Taunggyi for treatment.

The airline company is now working with the respective embassies of injured foreign passengers to get their passports lost in the crash.

Air Bagan said a Myanmar tour guide on board the plane was killed.

A motorcyclist on the ground also perished.

Two Americans, two Britons and one Korean man were among those taken to hospital in nearby Taunggyi, according to Air Bagan, which described the incident as an “emergency landing”.

Two French nationals were also slightly injured, according to a French embassy official in Yangon.
Air Bagan is one of five private airlines that fly domestic routes in Myanmar.

Air Bagan was the first full private-invested airline when it was established in 2004 and is owned by Tay Za, a tycoon with links to the former military government.

The Fokker 100, which is no longer manufactured, was one of two operated by the airline along with four ATR turboprop aircraft, according to the company’s website.

credit EMG

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